Project length: Minimum of 1 week to maximum of 24 weeks.
Project dates: Year round. Saturdays are preferred for arrivals but you can choose any date.
Arrival airport: Colombo Airport (Bandaranaike International Airport).
Accommodation: Host family for solo volunteer and groups in other housing.
Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Airlines: Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air India. Check www.skyscanner.in for cheap flights.
Vaccinations: All volunteers are recommended to have vaccinations against these childhood diseases; Tetanus, Diphtheria and Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Make sure to have vaccinations against; Typhoid and Hepatitis A.
The Nurses Training School: There are roughly 130 young women and 2 young men in years 1 – 3 of their Nurses Training. Most of the girls live in cramped dormitories. The boys travel in each day. Their needs are for spoken language experience and fun/sports activities to bring interest to their lives. They are deeply appreciative of anything volunteers do for them.
The Teaching Hospital: Volunteers who are qualified doctors, nurses or physiotherapists may assist and/or possibly teach, at this large hospital subject to their qualifications being ratified by the governing staff of the hospital. Volunteers will find conditions very different to those in European and American hospitals. Medical students may find this hospital is a good choice for their elective term. As this is a teaching hospital, volunteers may also be involved in training. A hospital doctor will help prospective volunteers achieve a worthwhile placement by corresponding with them prior to their flight to Sri Lanka and meeting with them after they arrive.
This hospital has 1591 beds and 900 staff nurses. Every aspect of medical treatment is available at this hospital from birth to death. There are 56 wards and units. There is one whole wing which is devoted to the treatment of patients with cancer. An Accident and Emergency Wing/Trauma Hospital was completed in 2011.
Physiotherapy and local rehabilitation facilities: Sri Lanka provides very limited rehabilitation facilities for patients suffering a variety of acute, and chronic disabilities. This project was initiated in order to help the local people, with a vision to build ‘The Center for Active Rehabilitation.” The center plans to provide not just physical therapy but also occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychological therapy, social services and other professional support services.
As a volunteer, your duties are as follows:
The Nursing Training School
Volunteers who are qualified nurses and doctors may be involved in delivering training to the nursing students. (Subject to approval by the Principal and it fitting in with their curriculum. A copy of this is available to download from the Volunteer Documents page).
Provide materials and resources. There is an urgent need for medical text books and physiology models and skeletons. The text book they use is Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness by Anne Waugh and Allison Grant 9th Edition or later. They have only 3 copies between 130 students.
The Teaching Hospital
Medical students complete their elective term.
Qualified doctors, nurses and physiotherapists assist and/or teach at the hospital.
Please note: General conditions may be good, but there may not be enough beds so some patients will be lying on the floor without a mattress. The hospital prefers to resort to this rather than turn sick people away.
Physiotherapy and Local Rehabilitation Facilities
Direct collaboration with project staff to guide, support and expand ‘The Center for Active Rehabilitation.’
Provide comprehensive rehabilitation to patients in need.
Assist patients who are preparing to reintegrate back into society.
Provide psychological and social support to patients who are in need.
Attend to and assess new patients, identify their needs.
You will be working on the projects from Monday to Friday and weekends are free.Your project location is in the beautiful city of beaches; Galle, on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s well known for the Galle Fort, a fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Other notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church and Galle Lighthouse, which stands on the Fort’s southeast tip.
The Old Gate, the fortification’s original entrance, bears the insignia of the Dutch East India Company. The gate leads to the National Maritime Museum, with exhibits focus on seafaring and marine life, including a whale skeleton and items salvaged from shipwrecks. Galle National Museum, built in 1656, displays southern Sri Lankan artifacts such as ritual masks and woodcarvings, and objects from the colonial era. Just outside the northern fortifications, the Galle International Stadium hosts cricket matches with Indian Ocean views.
Tte Kalutara temple is a place you must not miss because of it’s unique architecture. If you are superstitious, you can make a donation and say a prayer at the Seenigama temple for good luck. Be wary of unauthorized local or foreign guides who offer to walk you around these sights for free. Admission is usually free, but you can check with local authorities if you are unsure.
The view from Peace Pagoda on a clear day is lovely. You could even be lucky enough to witness a sailboat rally (30 boats in 2007) that stops in Galle. There’s so much to do in Sri Lanka, from famous churches to rain forest reserves, you’ll never have a dull moment.
Program starts and ends in Galle city.
Airport meet and greet in Colombo.
Monday to Friday volunteering, 25-30 hours per week.
Weekends are free for surfing, beaches, sightseeing, adventure etc.
A typical work shift can be from 8:30am to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm in the evening. Subject to change.
Support: Local Namaste Volunteer coordinator support 24/7 during placement.
Departure: From Colombo airport.
Youth Travel Abroad consists of a dedicated team, whose mission is to empower our youth by providing sustainable projects that bring about real change in local communities. Working in social development enables our youth world-wide to successfully face upcoming challenges in their personal and professional lives. We do not charge for volunteering for these causes. The fee covers services you will receive while working on the projects. The fee is as follows:
Full Board Services Weekly Fee
If you would like to opt for full board services, provided by Namaste Volunteer, the fee is as follow with the services in the fee are mentioned in the list below.
Application fee: US $99
One time application fee for all Jaipur volunteer program is US $99. The application fee is payable only when we find your application suitable and your skills compatible with the project objectives.
Pick-up from Colombo airport (Bandaranaike International Airport).
Transfer to Galle, the project location.
A detailed orientation about Sri Lanka, NV projects, facts about Sri Lanka, and cultural responsibility.
Accommodation in NV host family.
All meals (authentic Sri Lankan meals) breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Project visit with NV coordinator.
Resource materials for project use.
Weekly market visit to shop for your necessities.
Airport drop at Colombo airport (Bandaranaike International Airport).
24 X 7 assistance.
Optional costing (Pay at site)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, but volunteers will have to pay for their own bottled water, sodas, alcoholic drinks or snacks between meals. Volunteers should bring their own towels and toiletries. The volunteer fee does not include sanitary supplies and toiletries such as soap, toilet rolls, shampoo, bath gels, hand wash, shower caps, hand/face or bath towels.
NV project manager has made an agreement which allows volunteers to use the community pool everyday from 4.00pm to 5.30pm, for a small fee of US $2. Its just 5 kilometers from volunteer’s home stay.
Local transportation to project sites is at the volunteer’s expense.
Your accommodation is a beautiful home owned by our Project Manager. There are en suite bedrooms for up to 3 volunteers. Please see the photos on the right side of the page. On occasion, when the project manager’s family home is full, volunteers will stay at a very nice house 10 meters away across. This house has 3 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. Volunteers staying in this accommodation can also participate in the Project Manager’s family life. Some salient features of the accommodation;
English speaking host families.
Shared rooms for volunteers to stay.
Kitchen- Equipped with basic electronic appliances.
Separated and connected washrooms.
Television with cable network.
Fans and air-conditioners in all rooms.
Lights and ventilation in all rooms.
Common roof-top (not available at every housing).
A small outdoor area for outdoor games.
Indoor games (cards, carom, board games, etc.).
Easy access to market, vegetable stores and city.
The following services and components are not included in the application fee and full board weekly fee;
Donation to the project. (Optional donations can be as minimum US$ 10 to US$ 50)
Travel expenditure to other locations.
All other expenses that are not mentioned in “Full Board services” list above.